To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
So I started this post at midnight or so, shortly after this tweet went up. I even had excerpts from Rouhani's speech, and a note that the speech preceded the tweet by 21 hours earlier (which means the POTUS learned about this on cable. Or he kept is rage in check until it was more politically convenient. Yeah, that's how he works, right?). And then I went to bed.
The next morning, no one was taking this tweet seriously, especially the Iranians.
COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
And it's all because: well, why? You get as many reasons as there are pundits (same as it ever was). The most interesting part, though, is that Trump won't do anything about it.
We all know Trump is all bluster and no bite. And by "we all know" I mean tout le monde. Even Iran mocked him: "BE CAUTIOUS!" He's a joke. He's not going to send bombers or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles flying toward Iran. Ever. And troops are not going to start massing on Iran's borders Where, indeed, would they gather: Iraq? Afghanistan? Syria? Turkmenistan? Azerbaijan? Turkey?
Anybody remember how long it took Poppy to get troops ready to roll into Kuwait? Does Trump imagine war with Iran can begin with a tweet, and within minutes thousands of troops, equipped and supported, can roll into Tehran? Does anyone imagine even Trump would turn the U.S. into a pariah nation by being the only country to use nukes twice, and this time to defend our slighted (in his imagination) honor?
The problem is not that Trump is dangerous, the problem is that Trump is foolish. And he makes the U.S. foolish for being the one who represents all of us. Besides, we have this:
And this:I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2018
And what you don't see in that clip is what else Sessions said:
“Rather than molding a generation of mature and well-informed adults, some schools are doing everything they can to create a generation of sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes. We’re not gonna have it,” he said, continuing on with his speech.And there's just the problem of keeping up with daily events:
"We don't apologize for America anymore," President Trump tells the @VFWHQ convention, 8 days after blaming poor U.S.-Russia relations entirely on the U.S. https://t.co/Mzy5ZrbXYZ— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 24, 2018